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John Whelan: 'We’re Having a Heat Wave'

By: John Whelan

“We’re having a heat wave A tropical heat wave The temperature’s rising It isn’t surprising”   “Having a Heat Wave” was written by Irving Berlin in 1933 for the Broadway musical “As Thousands Cheer.” It was introduced by Ethel Waters and has been recorded many times since then. Our Earth is, in fact, having a heat wave. The impact is being felt all over the globe. The subjects of climate change ...

Larry Dapsis has taken the message about preventing tick-borne diseases to school classrooms, to civic groups, and even to outdoor fairs. Now he’s taking it to computers, tablets and smartphones. “My job is to reach as many people as I can,” said Dapsis, the Barnstable County entomologist and deer tick project coordinator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. “I thought, as much as I get out and do public sp...

ORLEANS — Far from the busy construction site at the town disposal area where the new DPW/Natural Resources is nearing completion, the temporary office of the harbormaster and shellfish department sits on a gentle rise at the end of leafy Portaminicut Road. It's a fine observation point for watching boats arrive at the town landing and unload. With the new building on track to open next month, Manager of Nat...

ORLEANS — Voters should head to the Nauset Regional Middle School gym early on Monday, Oct. 29, if they want to be seated when the 26-article special town meeting begins. The session will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. if the required quorum of 200 is present. That's not all that Town Moderator David Lyttle and Town Clerk Cynthia May will be doing to speed things up after May's lengthy annual town meeting. May ...

Chatham Elementary Students Create Giant Shark

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – From the ground, it just looked like a bunch of blue dots on the otherwise green outfield of Veterans Field. But from 220 feet up in the air, the order of things comes into clear focus. A giant great white shark, more than 170 feet long, almost spanning the entire outfield, was created last Wednesday, as recognition of Chatham Elementary School students' positive behavior. The idea, said Principal Ro...

Stephen ‘Waz” Nidweski

By: Contributed

Stephen ‘Waz” Nidweski, age 66, passed away suddenly from heart complications at his home in Naples, Fla., on October 10, 2018.           Born July 2, 1952 in Bensalem Township, Pa. Stephen was a proud graduate of the Bensalem High School’s class of 1970. He often told of his adventures with childhood friends and spending time at the volunteer fire house that was in his neighborhood. It gave him great joy to r...

Robert “Bob” Redding

By: Contributed

Robert “Bob” Redding, 74, passed away on the afternoon of October 7th peacefully in the home that he built to commemorate his love for his wife of 52 years, Linda.           Born on November 6, 1943, Bob grew up in Uxbridge in a busy household where he was surrounded by friends and family who helped him to create childhood memories that he would share and entertain others with throughout his life regarding his...

Janet Clare Capodilupo

By: Contributed

Janet Clare Capodilupo of Chatham, after waging a valiant battle with brain cancer, entered eternal rest Friday, October 12, in the company of her family.  She was the beloved wife for fifty years of Lawrence P. (Larry) Capodilupo, Jr.                 Affectionately known as Jan, she was born May 4, 1944 in New York, N.Y. to Francis and Edith (Keppler) Mitchell and raised in Woodlawn and Yorktown, N.Y.  After ...

Chatham Debates How To Spend Harwich's Money

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The first payment by Harwich under the intermunicipal agreement for access to the town's wastewater treatment plant is in the bank. How should it be spent? To lower the tax rate? Pay for capital projects? Or pay down debt? Those and other options are being considered by town officials for the $2,265,000 initial payment under the agreement, which will bring in another $4.5 million in three more pay...

CHATHAM – Saturday is Oktoberfest in Chatham, and attendees who arrive in Bavarian garb will receive a free handmade commemorative pin. If that isn't incentive enough to come to the event – at least to see the costumes – how about free music, games, Pumpkin People and lots of seasonal food and drink from a raft of local vendors. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, the Oktoberfest celebration tak...

ORLEANS – A surfer and swimmer, Karl Hoefer was getting fed up with the presence of sharks at Nauset Beach. Shark attacks this summer, which severely injured one man and killed another, “tipped me over the edge,” he said. Sharks and seals, he believed, were being treated better than people. He decided to try to do something about “conserving” humans. “The Cape used to be a lot safer,” he said. “It's changin...

CHATHAM – Last Friday's downpours from the remnants of Hurricane Michael once again caused flooding at the intersection of Morris Island and Little Beach roads, but while a nuisance, homeowners are far more worried about the possibility of a repeat of the winter storms that caused severe damage in the low-lying neighborhood. The newly former Little Beach Association hopes to prevent the flooding that occurred ...

Cash-only Plan At Transfer Station Put On Hold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A plan to stop taking cash at the town's transfer station has been put on hold. Officials originally planned to switch to a credit card and checks only system for payments at the transfer station gate as of Nov. 1. It wasn't clear exactly why the move was halted; there was some push back from residents, officials said, but they still hope to move ahead with the plan at some point. Department of Pu...

CHATHAM – Training local residents to respond to shark bite emergencies is the goal of a series of “Stop the Bleed” workshop that will be held at the Chatham Shark Center over the next few weeks. The first session will be held today (Thursday, Oct. 18), with additional workshops on Nov. 1 and 8. Each session will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shark Center on Orleans Road and will be led by Orleans Fire and Rescu...

Neighbor Demands Cranberry Valley Address Errant Golf Balls

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Errant golf balls from the Cranberry Valley Golf Course, a municipal facility, are causing a disturbance in one adjacent neighborhood. Apparently a hook or a slice that lands a ball on private property can be construed as trespassing. Town Administrator Christopher Clark informed selectmen last week that the town has received a claim for damage on a residential property from golf balls hit from the m...